1-year-old Lisa Irwin has been missing since October 4th, almost two months ago now. Leads have dried up in the case, and Kansas City police have shut down the command post where investigators had been working exclusively on finding the girl, citing a need to focus on other cases and victims. Lisa’s parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, claim their daughter was kidnapped, and a “mystery man” was allegedly seen with an infant the night Lisa disappeared, but police haven’t fingered anyone for the crime. They did, however, discover a dead body smell in Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin’s bedroom, but the couple have not been charged with any involvement in the baby’s disappearance.
Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin’s guilt regarding the disappearance of their daughter seems to be coming more and more into question, however, at least in the media. The mother of Jeremy Irwin’s eldest son has petitioned for custody of the child, and Gather reports that a custody hearing has been rescheduled for December 7th, since Jeremy Irwin missed the initial hearing on Tuesday. Additionally, the Huffington Post noted today that “the missing baby’s parents requested that supporters stop demonstrating on their lawn.”
HuffPo Crime cites The Kansas City Star, saying, “There had been nightly prayer gatherings in front of Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin’s Kansas City, Mo., home, but the parents said they interfered with daily life and disturbed their neighbors. Lisa’s grandmother told the supporters their presence was troubling to the missing infant’s half-brothers and that the family desired a sense of normalcy.”
A sense of normalcy? Really? Two months after a child went missing? I don’t know. I have (sort of) been trying to reserve judgment here, but I just can’t help but think this couple knows more about their child’s disappearance than they’ve admitted. I mean, remember when the story broke and they alleged that three cell phones were taken along with the baby? Mmm-hmm. Suspect! I think it’s likely Lisa Irwin’s story will take a turn for the worse and it will be announced that police don’t expect to find her alive, as in the case of Jhessye Shockley, whose mother was just arrested on child abuse charges and is now considered the prime suspect in her daughter’s disappearance/death. What do you think?